Answered by The Penny Pincher
Unfortunately, AAdvantage miles cannot be used to upgrade a Qantas flight. However, I did call American Airlines on June 30, 2004 and found out that awards seats are available in August for flights to Australia. The bad news is that there are not any awards seats from Australia until late September. Therefore, I suggest you try to secure one of the outbound dates and then call the marketing department at American Airlines and request that they open up a seat for your return flight. Be sure to stress your loyalty and ask them what good are the miles you earn if you can not use them.